K Swiss (NASDAQ: KSWS) is one of 27 publicly-traded companies in the “Apparel & Accessories” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare K Swiss to similar companies based on the strength of its earnings, risk, institutional ownership, analyst recommendations, valuation, dividends and profitability.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares K Swiss and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
K Swiss N/A N/A -4.84
K Swiss Competitors $3.00 billion $167.09 million 418.04

K Swiss’ rivals have higher revenue and earnings than K Swiss. K Swiss is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for K Swiss and its rivals, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
K Swiss 0 0 0 0 N/A
K Swiss Competitors 267 1310 1931 73 2.51

As a group, “Apparel & Accessories” companies have a potential upside of 13.51%. Given K Swiss’ rivals higher possible upside, analysts plainly believe K Swiss has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Volatility and Risk

K Swiss has a beta of 1.22, meaning that its share price is 22% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, K Swiss’ rivals have a beta of 0.70, meaning that their average share price is 30% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Profitability

This table compares K Swiss and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
K Swiss N/A N/A N/A
K Swiss Competitors -1,575.39% -11.68% -8.08%

Institutional and Insider Ownership

52.8% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are owned by institutional investors. 27.4% of shares of all “Apparel & Accessories” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

About K Swiss

K-Swiss Inc. (K-Swiss) is engaged in designing, developing and marketing an array of footwear, apparel and accessories for athletic, sports and fitness activities and casual wear under the K-Swiss brand. The Company also designs, develops and markets footwear for adventurers for all terrains under the Palladium brand. The Company sells products primarily to footwear stores, pro shops, sporting goods stores and department stores. Internationally, as of December 31, 2011, K-Swiss had the right to market its products in 124 countries through eight international subsidiaries and 29 distributors. During the year ended December 31, 2011, approximately 60%, 21%, 17% and 2% of the Company’s footwear products were manufactured in China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia, respectively. In May 2013, E.Land World Ltd. completed the acquisition of K Swiss Inc in a merger transaction.

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